Thin Client Desktop Virtualisation
Do you have between two and seven servers hosting your various applications? Files? Email? SQL? Web?
Imagine how much you could save with only having one server to maintain, support and power.
Virtualisation is the perfect solution for applications that are meant for small to medium-scale environments. It is ideal for environments of under 200 users. Have you considered how much you spend on maintaining several servers each year as well as the energy consumption and associated costs?
How to avoid the "all your eggs in one basket" syndrome
One of the big concerns with virtualisation is the "all your eggs in one basket" syndrome. Is it really wise to put all of your critical servers into a single physical server? The beauty of virtual server technology is that services can be run over two physical machines.
You are never without your essential services. When a single physical server fails or needs servicing, the other physical server will automatically pick up the slack. By straddling multiple physical servers, these critical services never need to be down because of a single hardware failure.
- With evolutionary jumps in hardware performance in recent years, current low-end servers are more powerful than high-end servers from five years ago.
- Plummeting technology costs make it not only feasible but essential to consider Server Virtualisation. It will actually save you money.
- With server virtualisation, each of your servers can be combined and hosted on one high power server with better performance than you are currently experiencing
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Physical to virtual server migration
The setup process involves making a virtual hard drive image of an existing physical server, with the necessary modifications to the driver stack so that the server will boot up and run as a virtual server. The benefit of this is that you don't need to rebuild your servers and manually reconfigure them as a virtual server—you simply suck them in with the entire server configuration intact!
So if you have a data centre full of ageing servers running, these are the perfect candidates. You don't even need to worry about license acquisition costs because the licenses are already paid for. You could literally take a room with 16 legacy servers and put them into one new server.
The annual hardware maintenance costs alone on the old server hardware would be enough to pay for all of the new hardware! Just imagine how clean your server room would look after such a migration. It would all fit inside of one rack and give you lots of room to grow.
As an added bonus of virtualisation, you get a disaster recovery plan because the virtualised images can be used to instantly recover all your servers. Ask yourself what would happen now if your legacy server died. Can you imagine how much time and money it would take to rebuild and reconfigure all of your servers from scratch? (I'm guessing you're cringing right about now.) With virtualisation, you can recover that Active Directory and Exchange Server in less than an hour by rebuilding the virtual server from the Virtual Server image.
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